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America's biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta
Christian Science Monitor/Yahoo ^ | July 5, 2011 | Patrik Jonsson

Posted on 07/08/2011 10:13:38 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes

.Award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that names 178 teachers and principals – 82 of whom confessed – in what's likely the biggest cheating scandal in US history.

This appears to be the largest of dozens of major cheating scandals, unearthed across the country. The allegations point an ongoing problem for US education, which has developed an ever-increasing dependence on standardized tests.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: cheat; teachers; union
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1 posted on 07/08/2011 10:13:43 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes
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Yeah; sorta makes you wonder how many other states are doing the same thing but haven’t been caught yet...


2 posted on 07/08/2011 10:15:46 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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“It “confirms our worst fears,” says Mayor Kasim Reed. “There is no doubt that systemic cheating occurred on a widespread basis in the school system.” The news is “absolutely devastating,” said Brenda Muhammad, chairwoman of the Atlanta school board. “It’s our children. You just don’t cheat children.” “

Kasim

Muhammed

Once again important information is being left out, but is still apparant


3 posted on 07/08/2011 10:16:32 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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Who would expect anything less from a government-run educational system? Just follow the money.


4 posted on 07/08/2011 10:20:22 AM PDT by paulcissa (The first requirement of Liberalism is to stand on your head and tell the world they're upside down)
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No child left behind.


5 posted on 07/08/2011 10:26:20 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: yldstrk

They probably have a large Black Muslim contingent in Atlanta...or at least, it seems that way every time I go through the Atlanta airport.

That said, I bet you’d find this same thing going on in most of the majority black districts in this country. This is not because blacks can’t learn, and certainly not because blacks can’t teach (my kids...not in majority black districts...had some great black teachers), but because blacks are owned by the Democratic Party, which never does something legitimate that it believes could be obtained by fraud. Lying and cheating are essential to the Dem way of life, and it should be no surprise that the most loyal Dem group of all is infected with this.


6 posted on 07/08/2011 10:27:37 AM PDT by livius
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The allegations point an ongoing problem for US education, which has developed an ever-increasing dependence on standardized tests.

Yes, moron, you zeroed in right on the problem. It's the goddamm tests.

You're not a graduate of Atlanta schools, are you Patrik??

7 posted on 07/08/2011 10:29:26 AM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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In other news, homeschoolers in a 2009 progress report shows that they out-perform public schools by scoring 37 percentage points on standardized achievement tests.

37 percent! And that was 2009. The public school system should be dismantled in favor of charter schools.

8 posted on 07/08/2011 10:29:40 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: dagogo redux

No Child Left Behind is precisely what exposed this. Unless these “teachers” had been subjected to standardized tests, they wouldn’t even have pretended to be teaching.

Actually, I shouldn’t blame all the teachers: the really culpable ones are the administrators, who mistrusted and undervalued their teachers and kids so much they thought they’d never be able to reach the (very modest) standards without cheating.


9 posted on 07/08/2011 10:30:17 AM PDT by livius
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To: yldstrk
Once again important information is being left out, but is still apparant

If dihonesty and duplicity, and the appearance of competence is the modus operandi of the first black presidency and its entire administration, what can be expected from the people who made it possible?

10 posted on 07/08/2011 10:35:30 AM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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Look for the Obama administration to cite the Atlanta cheating scandal in his continuing efforts to eliminate standardized testing and teacher accountability at the bequest of the teacher’s union.
Hidden in this following quotation from the news story is the administration/union philosophy that teachers should be rewarded for improving test scores but not penalized for failing test scores.
“Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in June that NCLB “is creating a slow-motion train wreck for children, parents, and teachers.” On the other hand, an Obama administration proposal – to pay bonuses to teachers who improve test scores in their classes – may shift the stakes without lowering them.”


11 posted on 07/08/2011 10:36:57 AM PDT by chuckee
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In other news, homeschoolers in a 2009 progress report shows that they out-perform public schools by scoring 37 percentage points on standardized achievement tests.

I really really hope that you meant 37 percentage points HIGHER, or the problem is worse than it appears.

12 posted on 07/08/2011 10:40:37 AM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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His full name is Mohammed Kasim Reed. He or his family must have converted. He received his undergraduate degree and law degree from Howard University. He’s a bachelor and claims to have had a girlfriend for two years but her identity is a big secret.


13 posted on 07/08/2011 10:41:55 AM PDT by ladyjane
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NOTHING will happen to these people.

WE will hear about “healing” and “moving on” and “mistakes were made”

... and no one will go to jail, or lose their job.

... reassigned and resigned will be the worst outcome.

These folks ARE elite members of Atlanta’s protected class.


14 posted on 07/08/2011 10:42:28 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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If I were to defraud my customer; a couple of things would happen almost immediately.

First - before the court case was even typed - I would be fired. No retirement, no health insurance - FIRED on the spot.

Secondly - I would face charges of fraud, and likely would go to jail.


15 posted on 07/08/2011 10:42:50 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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I really wish I could say I was surprised about all this, but, my high school English teacher could seldom use the proper form of there/they’re/their. Even if the teachers were just teaching to the test, at least they’d be teaching to something.


16 posted on 07/08/2011 10:44:28 AM PDT by Ellendra (Remember the Battle of Athens, Tennessee: Aug. 2, 1946)
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We need something like a federal department to oversee the education system. Yep, that is what we need.


17 posted on 07/08/2011 10:48:04 AM PDT by GSWarrior (An economy where everybody makes a living selling each other houses or insurance policies won't work)
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To: paulcissa

Yeah, I grabbed this from Wiki:

“NCLB was originally proposed by the administration of George W. Bush immediately after he took office.[3] The bill, shepherded through the Senate by co-author Senator Ted Kennedy, received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress”

Point is, the left points the finger at Bush solely with respect to this NCLB.

It is another example of why bigger government creating more legislation will not work. “Politically correct” and otherwise beauracracies lacking in integrity and noble missions will always figure out how to “game” the system.

Can’t wait to hear how George Bush and the Republicans will be blamed for the Pelosi-Obama heathcare Bill down the road, by the way.

Now, if we get to that “post-racial” America era, it will be interesting to do a study of how the race-card plays in the game of corruption. And I ask that knowing the race-card is not the only ace in the deck, to be sure.

To be sure, tight group identity, exclusion of others, and the shared group feeling that all is justified, leads to some interesting results. Are Holder and Obama playing with the same card of 1930’s Germans? Extreme question. Similar onion.


18 posted on 07/08/2011 10:48:59 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: Blueflag

Worst thing (or best) likely to happen, IMO, is that Holder resigns.


19 posted on 07/08/2011 10:50:58 AM PDT by GSWarrior (An economy where everybody makes a living selling each other houses or insurance policies won't work)
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To: Blueflag

Sorry wrong thread.....


20 posted on 07/08/2011 10:52:02 AM PDT by GSWarrior (An economy where everybody makes a living selling each other houses or insurance policies won't work)
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